Myerscough College’s Animal Studies Centre has tripled in size after the completion of a £3 million extension and major refurbishment.
The latest stage of the college’s ambitious Bilsborrow campus redevelopment sees the new centre boast an impressive list of facilities, including specialist classrooms, dedicated indoor and outdoor areas for different animal groups, as well as spacious private rooms, reception and study areas, all fully equipped with the latest I.T technology.
The new Animal Studies Centre also offers a range of services to the public, from grooming and healthcare through to behaviour classes and hydrotherapy for injury recovery. All services are provided by fully qualified staff with support from the students on our animal care programmes.
Chief Exec & Principal of Myerscough College, Ann Turner, said: ‘’This is significant further investment in the campus, supporting an area of increasing student numbers and upgrading their facilities.
‘’This new centre is a sector-leading facility and looks fantastic. This is significant further investment in the campus, supporting an area of increasing student numbers and upgrading their facilities, contributing to greater student achievement.’’
Head of Area, Ursula Jeziorski, said: ‘’We’re really pleased with the new build, the contractors were brilliant in the construction of the new project and ensured neither students, staff nor animals were disrupted during the development and we stayed fully operational throughout the project.
''We can now look forward to moving our animals into their new housing and enclosures over the coming weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to have ownership and be involved in the design of the new habitats and to create enrichment for the wide range of species that we have and to make the new Animal Studies Centre something to which they feel proud to belong.
‘’This will enable us to do so much in terms of course development, research and many other public services in the years to come.’’
‘’This is a really exciting time for our department and the new centre will allow us to deliver high quality courses to students from all over the country wishing to study a range of courses here in both further and higher education.’’
As well as extending and improving the current building, the project saw hundreds of square metres of existing buildings demolished to make way for the new facility. An equipment store on the site has also been converted into a teaching block for Motorsports students, whose workshops sit adjacent to the academy. The whole project has taken around a year to complete.
It’s hoped the improved learning facilities will contribute to greater student achievement, as well as improving access for learners with mobility problems. The new facility is very environmentally friendly too and will contribute towards the achievement of the College’s Carbon Management Plan of reducing its CO2 emissions by 35%.
by Dave Salmon